Recycled Sweater Wrapped Wreath {Whimsical Keys for Santa}

Recycled Sweater Wrapped Wreath {Whimsical Keys for Santa}

This is just to add a little whimsy to the decor…{plus I’m determined to use every inch of the chunky cable knit sweater I cut up}
This is incredibly easy to do; I purchased a 16 inch foam wreath form – the square-ish kind – and laid the scraps of cable knit sweater out across the top; aligning the cable knit on seams.
The sweater was then wrapped around to the back of the wreath and hot glued into place. The access was cut and the two ends were then pulled taut and hot glued together. Since the sweater has so much give it is really easy to smooth out and pull together to create a seamless application. I used a little bit of hot glue as I went along, to hold the sweater in place, as I worked my way to the back.

I used my Silhouette to print and cut a banner out of kraft cardstock. I used the ribbon_banners_C00788_19547 shape from the Silhouette online store {it comes with three different types of banners}. If you do not have a cutter you can simply free hand one on fabric or paper and stamp or write your wording.

The banner was then attached with two upholstery tacks, which stuck right into the styrofoam. I curved the paper just a bit so it has a 3D effect.

The keys were purchased a few years ago from Marshalls / TJ Maxx. I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the wreath and cut a small hole in the center of the ribbon to feed through a piece of twine that holds the keys in place. {the twine was just tied around the wreath to hold the weight of the keys and concealed with the ribbon}

The sweater is a little but different but I am liking the texture the cable knit adds.

Now we have a special place for to hang Santa’s Magical keys. I hung this on my ‘gallery wall’ in the kitchen, however it would be just as cute on the front door waiting for Santa’s arrival. My son doesn’t quite understand Christmas this year but I think it would be pretty neat to have Santa cut the keys on Christmas Eve and leave them by his eaten cookies and empty glass of milk.



  1. Love it! What a great way to reuse a sweater!

  2. Very cute! I never thought of reusing a sweater until I started blogging. Then, one of my favorite sweaters came out for winter with some moth eaten holes. I springy wreath will be in order to keep it alive.

  3. Totally adorable!

  4. Very cute!!!!

  5. I did a post on Santa’s key today too, but mine isn’t as fancy and I’m covered in glitter. I love the sweater wreath. It would be fun to make after Christmas for the winter season.

  6. I really love all the unique wreath ideas that are popping up this year. The sweater is another great idea but the keys are my favorite part :0)

  7. This is Oh So Cozy cuteness!

  8. That is great! I have used recyckled sweaters for stockings and have a pile sitting in my house AND a wreath form. Looks like I figured out what to do with them over the weekend.

    Funny thing, I had planned to use some velvet I had and some old keys I have as well. Great minds!

  9. I love your wreath. How adorable! I’m going through your past post and loving all the ideas!

  10. It’s adorable! I know my kids would leave keys, remotes, just about anything to let Santa in 🙂 You have the best ideas!

    Merry Christmas!

  11. gosh… where does your genius come from?! I want Santa to bring some to me!! lol

  12. Oooh, I love this! You know I’m on a sweater kick right now. I have two sweater “pieces” that are dying to be wrapped around something. 🙂 I love the idea of a wreath!

  13. What a great, cozy idea! Happy Holidays!

  14. Cute!
    I’ve been on the prowl checking out chunky knits at the thrift store for projects.. Definitely going to make one of these!

  15. Very cute and original idea! I love it!!!

  16. Hey Stephanie…Im a “newbie” to blogging but come to your amazing blog A LOT…I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your creativity and Sharing with us all! I received news yesterday that my Dads battle with cancer has returned….Ive been in tears ever since I found out…EXCEPT for the bit of time I have been here adoring your Beauty in EVERYTHING you do…SO, I just wanted you to know that you allowed me to “Escape” for a bit :0)
    Thank you for that …


  17. Totally cute!!!!

  18. So warm, so original, so cute. Terry

  19. how stinkin’ adorable is this?! and perfect for houses that don’t have fireplaces!! I so want to try this…. when i have kids, haha 🙂 And genius idea about laying them beside the milk and cookies. oh, and random thought, but lately i’ve been thinking – in since the adults usually eat what santa is “suppose” to, i’m thinking that maybe i’ll change things up a bit when it’s my turn to surprise my kids. Yeah, I’m thinking maybe a double chocolate christmas pie. i’ll bet santa would really appreciate having a break from cookies all the time 😉

  20. Very classy way to use a sweater. We did not have a chimney growing up and my Mom used to leave a key in an envelope by the front door. We never questioned it. This is way cooler….


  21. I love it- so unique. You never cease to amaze me with all your new ideas!

  22. Wonderful Stephanie :))

    Love the wreath!

    Kay Ellen

  23. OMGoodness…this wreath is so cute…love the idea and the color of the sweater. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  24. I will have to try that!

  25. I love this wreath.


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